Caramelized apple cider hot fruit bake! Fall’s favorite fruit, apples, get even sweeter when baked with caramelized coconut sugar, chopped nuts, spices, and cider! This healthier dessert recipe is paleo friendly, easy to make, and delicious. Eat it as is, or use it in a tart, or as a topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or ice cream!
As I sit here typing, this very dish, a caramelized apple cider hot fruit bake, is my oven. Third time to make it. Yup! And the house smells A M A Z I N G!!
Not gonna lie, it’s half the reason I make this. The smell alone makes me feel like it’s Christmas morning and just plain giddy. Kinda like those sticky coffee cake muffins. Don’t worry, Christmas is only 80 days away! GASP! But I digress. Anyway, let’s talk about the deliciousness and simplicity of this paleo friendly treat. Cause it’s what I LIVE FOR! Okay that’s a lie, but you get my point.
Now, wanna know the God honest truth? Th truth about why I’m making this hot fruit bake again?
This caramelized apple cider hot fruit bake is my Fall inspired version of an old family recipe. A “tweaked” version of my other hot fruit bake recipe. Yes, tweaked (or rather “revamped”) it to make more paleo friendly and healthy. And by healthy I mean healthier, healthyish. By no means is this a superfood recipe.
BUT…. it is a HEALTHIER dessert, brunch, breakfast bake topping option that is made without any refined sugar. I get bonus points now, right?
Sheesh, there I go again, diverting you from the truth of why I am making this dish for the 3rd time, gladly. You see, I’m a very flawed and somewhat disorganized person. Yep, it’s true. I “may” have lost my notes on how I actually made this recipe, remade, tweaked, etc. In fact, I may have lost those recipes notes not once, but twice! Ha!
What can I say? I’m old school ya’ll! I use pen and paper. Which, sometimes ends up being more work, but I’m okay wth that.
Writing recipes in my notebook allows me to escape the computer and get caught up in the process of recipe creation, creativity. Just me, my messy kitchen island, a notebook full of paper with scratch marks and some kind of food ingredient smeared all over it, and the smell of a new gluten free recipe baking or roasting in the oven. Or in this case, apple cider fruit bake. Again.
It’s my favorite time of day. Almost like a few hours of solitude and creativity combined. Call me corny Cotter, but I think we all need those moments.
The good thing is practice makes perfect.
So, I’ve just perfected this caramelized apple cider hot fruit bake recipe for you. Kidding. Although, in my mind, I’ve perfected the art of making it. And you know what? That’s pretty magical!
HOW TO MAKE CARAMELIZED APPLE CIDER HOT FRUIT BAKE:
You’re going to need:
Apple cider vinegar
Heavens Yes! Sweet, tart, buttery caramelized apple baked goodness.
Plus the smell.. oh the smell!
Caramelized Apple Cider Hot Fruit Bake (Paleo Friendly)
Caramelized Apple Cider Hot Fruit Bake! Fall's favorite fruit gets even sweeter with a caramelized sugar, chopped nut, spices, and cider topping! No refined sugar added, paleo friendly, easy, and delicious. Also makes for a great topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or simply by itself!
- 1/2 cup butter (8 tbsp) or vegan butter/ghee for lacotse free
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (see notes for less sugar option)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg or pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
- 5 -6 cups (250 -260 grams or so) of sliced apples (red, green, or mixed)
- 1/2 cup apple juice mixed with 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinergar (this combo acts as the apple cider part)
- coconut sugar to top
- optional toasted nuts 1/3 c
- Slice your apples. Leave peel on. Place in a large bowl.
- In a small pot, combine your butter, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, and spices.
- Bring to a soft boil and then reduce to low for 5 minutes. Just until it thickens or “caramelizes” a bit.
- Next pour your caramelized sugar over your apples in a bowl. Mix thorough.
- Place apples and caramel in a large casserole dish. Spread out evenly.
- Pour the apple juice/cider mix evenly on top.
- sprinkle extra coconut sugar on top if desired.
- Place in oven at 325F for 1 hr or 65minutes, mix apples half way through baking.
- add nuts last 15 minutes if you want to toast them with the bake
- Remove from oven
- Serve immediately or cover and cool for later.
- If serving later, place in fridge and then warm in oven for when ready.
- Great for topping, brunch, sides, dessert, and more.
- serve 6-8.
Works well with vegan butter or ghee if you need to adjust for paleo/vegan. Great to make ahead and then reheat for serving.
Instead of nut topping, you can add in seeds or even leave without.
For lower sugar option feel free to use baking stevia or Swerve.
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The oven timer is ringing. I’m ready to serve! Now bring over you’re bowl and let’s make this a coffee date. Cool?
I wish we could start every Monday that way? Sigh…
Other ways to enjoy this “healthier” Caramelized Apple Cider Hot Fruit Bake:
- On pancakes
- With homemade no churn vegan ice cream
- With coconut whipped cream or frosting
- On waffles
- With roasted pork or pot roast! Oh my gosh YUM! I just thought of that. So gonna do it!
Okay friends, what did you bake this weekend? Or did you get all OCTOBER-ish and caramelize apples or drink apple cider? Haha, no? Well then maybe this weekend we should all do that together.
What’s your favorite Fall fruit dish? I’d love more recipes!Cheers,